Give Thanks for God’s Bounty

November 23, 2023

On this Thanksgiving Day, visitors worldwide gathered at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel outside Chicago for the four-day SOS 2023 Thanksgiving Program. They came to reunite with old friends, meet new friends, reflect, give thanks, and most of all, be in the uplifting physical presence of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.

The spiritual Master welcomed one and all to the program’s inaugural session, wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. He said this is a time to give thanks for the immense blessings in our lives. First, we must thank God, who brought Creation into being. God’s unseen hand supports us every moment, and we need to be grateful for this. Second, we should thank our spiritual Master for the grace and guidance we receive. Our parents also deserve our thanks and gratitude, as does everyone who has enriched our lives in some way.

On this occasion, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji shared a verse from the poetry of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, giving a glimpse into the infinite grace showered upon us by the saints and spiritual Masters. Pain and suffering are part of being human, and each of us must go through life’s ups and downs. Yet, spiritual Masters dedicate their lives to relieving the suffering of humanity. They give of themselves selflessly, with no concern for their own well-being. They share the love they have found in their lives with us. This divine love heals our spirit so we can enjoy lasting bliss and joy while living in this world. In all circumstances, he said, we must remember that God is behind all that we receive.

As recipients of God’s immense bounty and grace, it is incumbent upon us to make use of the blessings and gifts we receive and then share this bounty with others. The spiritual Master concluded his 2023 Thanksgiving talk by reminding us of the worlds of divine love that await us within through meditation.